Samuel H. Greene, a retired furniture merchant and benefactor, died Friday. He was 98.

Born March 20, 1914, in Slawatycze, Poland, he was the son of Chemia Grynblat and Rochel-Leah Kaufman.

As a teenager he was imprisoned for his political activism against Polandís fascist government. In 1938 he was freed under amnesty and was moved to Warsaw, Poland, a Jewish ghetto, where he met his future wife, Regina Kawer.

Together they escaped Nazi persecution and fled to the Russian-controlled side of Poland. In 1940 the Greenes were deemed enemies of the state, arrested by the Russians and sent to forced-labor camps.

They escaped prison labor shortly after World War II ended and immigrated to the United States in 1948.

Shortly after arriving in New Jersey, Greene and his wife moved to Charleston, where he became owner of several furniture stores, including Park Furniture Co. and Ethan Allen Carriage House.

Greene was a benefactor to the College of Charleston Jewish Studies Program and to the Addlestone Library. He also helped establish the Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square.

He is survived by his sons, Leonard, Harlan and Thomas Greene and his daughter, Karen Greene.

Arrangements are being handled by Stuhrís Downtown Chapel of Charleston.